Beginning on Tuesday, April 20th 2021, the Town of Altona Public Utilities department will be performing emergency repairs and upgrades to our North End water distribution pumphouse.
During the repairs, most residents will not notice anything more than slightly reduced pressure and will not need to make any changes to their daily routine; however, some residents may experience discoloured water in their homes. Discoloured water occurs when the direction of flow is reversed in a water system.
We recommend that you do not use discoloured water for any purposes that require clean water, such as for drinking, preparing food and beverages, or laundry. Discoloured water may contain metals (e.g. manganese) that can have health effects if consumed in large amounts or over an extended period of time. In addition, discoloured water does not taste, smell or look pleasant, and it can stain clothes.
To check if discoloured water has passed:
- Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes. It is best to use a bathtub tap as there is no screen to trap any sediment. You can collect this water and use it to water your plants. Do not use a hot water tap because it could draw sediment into your hot water tank.
- Catch some water in a light-coloured cup. If the water isn’t clear, turn off the tap, wait 30 minutes and try again. Discoloured water usually doesn’t last long. If your water still isn’t clear after two to three hours, contact our office at 204-324-6439
Given the scope of work, we plan for project completion on Friday, April 30, 2021. Once the project is complete, water samples will be sent in to the lab for analysis with intention to resume normal operation when we receive results back. A second notice will be sent out once the work is complete, informing that pumping operations have returned to normal.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this emergency repair.
Clint Derksen, Public Works Manager
On April 1, 2021, we received the following letter addressed to residents of Altona and the surrounding area.
We encourage you to read the letter thoroughly to learn more about Southern Health’s plans to serve your health-care needs.
Statement from Council:
The Town of Altona Council continues to be extremely disappointed with the service disruptions to the Altona Memorial Health Center ER. Emergency health care services is a critical need for our growing community and for the larger region surrounding it. We are pleased that for the extent of the disruption a 9am to 9pm Urgent Care Center will be operating within the ER facility, and urge Southern Health RHA to do whatever possible to hire more Nurses in Altona so the ER can resume full 24/7 ER services as soon as possible. We thank the Altona Memorial Health Center Staff, Nurses, Doctors, Manitoba Nurses Union, Doctors Manitoba, and Altona Clinic for working rapidly with Southern Health-Santé Sud RHA to establish an Urgent Care Centre in the interim. We continue to urge Southern Health to increase Ambulance Service and waive ambulance fees for the duration of the ER disruption to ensure residents have full access to rapid care in all medical emergency situations. We invite all residents to participate in the upcoming Southern Health virtual Town Hall and refer to the Southern Health letter in your mailboxes for accurate information about how to access Emergency Health Care Services in the coming time.
Virtual Town Hall:
Southern Health-Santé Sud has scheduled a virtual town hall meeting for Monday, April 12 at 7 pm to provide more information and respond to questions.
If you are interested in attending the virtual town hall, please follow the below link to register: https://ca01web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__t7d1WwET7uiDgW84dr6fA
Once you are registered, a link with the details on how to join the town hall will be emailed to your inbox. A call-in phone number will also be provided for those residents without Internet access to call and listen.